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Earthquake Rocks U.S. Politics

5 hours 39 min ago
Yahoo News, by Donna Brazile Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 12 16 2016 08:16:49 GMT What we saw in New Hampshire was a political earthquake. The headlines were dramatic '' fittingly so: "Sanders, Trump Stun America," CNN declared on its website. The American Prospect summed it up with a tidy statement: "The Establishment Sinks." The establishment didn´t just sink in New Hampshire '' the earth swallowed it whole. Whether this fault line runs through most of America will be revealed as each primary unfolds. Nevertheless, New Hampshire was a major political shakeup with severe political casualties. In the nation´s first primary, New Hampshire voters flatly rejected the political veterans, men and women alike, in favor

´It was a very short evening´: Candice Bergen says she DID go on a date with Donald Trump in college but only remembers his matching burgundy suit and limo

5 hours 57 min ago
Daily Mail (UK), by Ashley Collman Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 12 57 2016 07:57:58 GMT Candice Bergen had a shot with Donald Trump, but she says she has no regrets over what could be a missed opportunity at first lady. Speaking at the American Songbook Gala in New York City on Thursday night, Bergen confirmed that she did indeed go on a blind date with the Republican front'runner when they were both attending the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1960s. However, Bergen says she doesn´t remember much from the event other than his eccentric get'up. (Photo) ´I have no memory of it. I just remember that he was wearing a three'piece burgundy suit, and

Breaking News: ´Birther´ lawsuit filed in federal court directly challenges Canadian' born Ted Cruz´s eligibility to be president

5 hours 57 min ago
Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 12 51 2016 07:51:59 GMT Five people in northern Alabama have filed a federal lawsuit claiming Texas congressman Ted Cruz is ineligible to run for president. Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. The U.S. Constitution limits the presidency to ´natural born´ U.S. citizens. There are differences of opinion on whether or not the federal courts have established what those two words mean. Cruz´s eligibility has been a frequent campaign theme of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential front'runner. SCROLL DOWN TO READ THE LAWSUIT '(Photos) A Cruz spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Trump´s campaign

Trump supporters file ´birther´ lawsuit against Cruz in federal court

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The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Bradford Richardson Posted By: Desert Fox- Fri, 12 44 2016 07:44:35 GMT Donald Trump supporters have filed a lawsuit challenging the eligibility of one of his primary rivals, Sen. Ted Cruz (R'Texas), to run for president. The lawsuit, filed Feb. 3 at a district court in Alabama, seeks a judgment “declaring that Rafael Edward Cruz is ineligible to qualify/run/seek and be elected to the Office of the President of the United States of America” due to his Canadian birth. Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, to an American mother. Several of the five plaintiffs — Sebastian Green, Shannon Duncan, Kathryn Spears, Kyle Spears and Jerry Parker — are backing Trump in the Republican primary, their

Two 15'year'old girls shot dead at Arizona high school in ´isolated incident´

6 hours 14 min ago
Daily Mail (UK), by Ollie Gillman & Regina F. Graham Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 12 43 2016 07:43:57 GMT Two 15'year'old girls have been shot dead at a high school in Arizona. The girls, who both had a single gunshot wound, were found dead and were lying next to a gun, police said. They were found next a cafeteria at Independence High School in Glendale, Phoenix, at about 8am and police have not ruled out murder'suicide. Scroll down for video '(Photos) Police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said police were called shortly before 8am (10am EST) and that officers were on scene within two minutes. ´They were able to locate two female students who are 15 years old. They were found by

The negative interest rate nightmare may become a reality

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American Thinker, by Rick Moran Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 12 40 2016 07:40:16 GMT The Bank of Japan recently shocked the financial world by adopting negative interest rates – a radical move that´s supposed to stimulate their perpetually sluggish economy. The theory is that negative rates will stimulate lending, encouraging banks to make riskier loans and for depositors to increase the velocity of money by circulating it faster. But in practice, well, nobody knows. Negative interest rates is an untried practice, and the risk of backlash against banks is one of the major unknowns. The European Central Bank is now fiddling with negative rates as another credit meltdown looms. Might the Federal Reserve be

Backlash to Beyonce´s Super Bowl performance continues to grow

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Fox News, by Diana Falzone Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 12 37 2016 07:37:11 GMT Remember when Justin Timberlake "accidentally" ripped off Janet Jackson´s top during their Super Bowl performance? Well the backlash from that has nothing on Beyoncé´s performance last Sunday. Five days after Beyoncé’s Super Bowl half'time show in which dancers were clad in Black Panther inspired costumes and one dancer held up a "Justice 4 Mario Woods" sign, the controversy continues to grow. There’s an anti'Beyoncé protest rally in front of the NFL headquarters planned for Feb. 16, a Boycott Beyonce sign'up page, and a social media hashtag #boycottBeyonce that people are using when addressing the performance '' from both sides of the issue.

Emails: Despite knowing of lead in water, EPA planned to let Flint keep drinking it into 2016

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Washington Examiner, by Kyle Feldscher Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 12 32 2016 07:32:39 GMT Four months after being notified about high lead levels in a Flint home, the Environmental Protection Agency was prepared to let the city continue giving lead'contaminated water to customers until at least 2016, emails released Friday show. Jennifer Crooks, the Michigan program manager for the EPA´s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, sent out an agenda on June 8, 2015, for a planned call with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials. In that email, Crooks said it was known that Flint had not been adding any corrosion'control chemicals to its water to prevent lead from leaching from the pipes into drinking water

Japan´s Paternity-Leave Poster Boy Kensuke Miyazaki Admits Cheating on Pregnant Wife

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NBC News, by Arata Yamamoto Posted By: Drive- Fri, 12 32 2016 07:32:02 GMT TOKYO, Japan — A lawmaker who made headlines in Japan as the poster boy for paternity leave quit on Friday after admitting to a tryst with a kimono fitter days before his wife gave birth. Kensuke Miyazaki resigned from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe´s ruling Liberal Democratic Party during a live televised news conference. He also apologized for the affair to supporters and to his wife — a lawmaker from the same party. "I plan to repent for the rest of my life" Miyazaki told reporters. "I know my careless acts are inconsistent with the ideals I was advocating. For that I am deeply, deeply, deeply sorry, and resign as a member of parliament for this."

House votes to ease calorie disclosure rules for pizzerias, delis, grocers

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USA Today, by Erin Kelly Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 12 16 2016 07:16:13 GMT Washington ' The House voted Friday to make it easier for you to avoid the harsh truth of how many calories you´re devouring as you scarf down that pizza. House members voted 266'144 to gut a proposed Food and Drug Administration rule requiring chain pizzerias, delis, and convenience stores to list the calorie content of their meals on menus or menu boards prominently displayed on the premises. Instead, takeout restaurants and grocers could choose to disclose calories only on their websites. The White House opposes the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, saying it will leave Americans — who consume a third of

Kunta Kinte fights for his freedom in the explosive and star'studded first trailer for the remake of hit 1977 miniseries Roots

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Daily Mail [UK] & Associated Press, by Ashley Collman Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 12 13 2016 07:13:23 GMT The first trailer for the remake of Roots was released on Thursday, promising all of the drama and heartbreak that captivated audiences nearly thirty years ago. The History Channel´s remake of the 1977 miniseries, based on Alex Haley´s novel of the same name, is due out on Memorial Day and features an all'star cast including Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose, Anna Paquin and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Roots follows the struggles of one African American family told over several generations, starting with Kunte Kinte, an African warrior sold into slavery, through to his great'grandchildren fighting for their freedom during the Civil

No Joke: Trump Can Win Plenty of Latinos

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Daily Beast, by Ruben Navarrette Jr. Posted By: Cruiseluv- Fri, 12 02 2016 07:02:12 GMT Latinos for Trump? Oh yeah, that’s a thing. Keep in mind three points. First, you have to understand that we’re talking here primarily about Latino Republicans, many of whom might live in red states such as Arizona or Texas. Those Latinos who are Democrats (as about 80 percent of them are, according to surveys) are busy dividing up their support between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, with most of it going to Clinton. Also, when you look at the slate of Republicans running for president—which recently got shorter with the departures of several candidates after Iowa and New Hampshire—you have to consider

Judge rules New Mexico teen who plead guilty to killing his entire family in shooting rampage at age 15 could be released from state custody when he turns 21

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Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 12 01 2016 07:01:42 GMT A judge cleared the way Thursday for a New Mexico teenager who shot and killed his parents and three younger siblings to be sentenced as a juvenile and released from state custody by the time he turns 21 after the teen´s attorneys argued he could be psychologically rehabilitated. Nehemiah Griego was 15 when he opened fire in his family´s home south of Albuquerque, killing his mother as she slept and then his nine'year'old brother and two sisters, ages five and two, authorities said. (Snip) ´It all points in the same direction,´ said Jeffrey Buckels, Griego´s public defender. ´He´s getting better

2 students fatally shot at Independence High School in Glendale

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MSNBC, by Andrew Blankstein & Lauren Prince* Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 12 56 2016 06:56:03 GMT The double shooting at a Glendale, Arizona, high school Friday morning involved two 15'year'old sophomores who both died of single gunshot wounds, authorities said. The incident at Independence High School was not an active shooter situation once police cleared the scene and found the teens dead, Glendale Police Officer Tracey Breeden said at a news conference. A firearm was found beside their bodies, she added. (Snip) Police said they are still investigating the case, and officials could not immediately confirm how the students were connected and whether the shooting is a murder'suicide or double suicide.

WashPo Fact Checker Awards Four Pinocchios to Trump’s Wall Estimate

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Mediaite, by Sam Reisman Posted By: Moritz55- Fri, 12 55 2016 06:55:58 GMT Washington Post has looked into the details of Donald Trump‘s grand proposal to build a border wall — and found his promises regarding the project’s cost “highly dubious.” “[B]ased on the costs of the Israeli security barrier (which is mostly fence),” the Post writes, “and the cost of the relatively simple fence already along the U.S.'Mexico border, an $8 billion price tag is simply not credible.” The paper awards Trump’s claim four pinocchios — its most damning rating for untruths. The Post has based their analysis on Trump’s claim that his wall will consist of 1,000 miles of concrete slabs,

New California Law Forces Pro'Life Pregnancy Centers to Advertise Abortions

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Daily Signal, by Chuck Donovan Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 12 55 2016 06:55:30 GMT Did you hear about the new bill that California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law? (Snip) You haven’t heard that news? I haven’t, either. That’s because what Brown really did was just the opposite: The bill he signed (AB775), named the Reproductive Fact Act, aims to punish pro'life pregnancy centers, which offer women and girls compassionate alternatives to abortion. Under penalty of ruinous fines for every “violation,” the law orders the pro'life centers to post notices and tell mothers that they can abort their babies and have California taxpayers foot the bill via the state’s expansive Medi'Cal program. That

President Obama to Ellen DeGeneres: Washington Is ‘Depressing’ (Watch)

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Variety, by Ted Johnson Posted By: pineledger- Fri, 12 41 2016 06:41:43 GMT President Barack Obama, while taping an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday, said that he doesn’t really miss campaigning except for one aspect of it: Getting out of Washington, “which can sometimes be a little depressing.” “Well to get out of Washington or what part is depressing?” DeGeneres asked. “Well, Washington,” he said, drawing some laughs at the deadpan delivery. Obama was in Los Angeles on Thursday for an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and a pair of fundraisers in Hancock Park, before spending the weekend in Palm Springs. He also talked about gay rights, saying that

South Carolina: A different game, with potential to surprise

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Washington Examiner, by Byron York Posted By: earlybird- Fri, 12 34 2016 06:34:27 GMT We´re starting nearly at scratch when it comes to knowing what´s happening in the South Carolina Republican presidential race. (Snip)There´s so much diversity among evangelicals because the term covers such a large number of South Carolina voters. Maybe it´s oversimplifying a little, but in South Carolina, "evangelical" is pretty much another word for "Christian." "Even the denominations that are liberal in other places are evangelicals here," Oran Smith, head of the evangelical Palmetto Family Council, told me in a phone conversation Thursday.

Obama praises Ellen DeGeneres for empowering gays

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Washington Times, by Dave Boyer Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 12 33 2016 06:33:59 GMT (Video) On her show airing Friday, Ms. DeGeneres begins by thanking Mr. Obama “for what you have done for the gay community.” The president said promoting gay rights “is one of the things I’m proudest of,” and then praised his host. “Changing hearts and minds, I don’t think anyone has been more influential than you,” he told her. “You being willing to claim who you were, [it] suddenly empowers other people. The law has followed, but it started with folks like you.” She then deadpanned, “I’m not really gay. I just thought it would work, and I’ve had to stick

Obama recites love poem to wife on national television

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Associated Press, by Darlene Superville Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 12 27 2016 06:27:43 GMT BURBANK, Calif. — Someone call the fire department. It´s about to get hot at the White House. President Barack Obama, who is spending another Valentine´s Day apart from his wife, Michelle, did the next best thing short of celebrating the lovers´ holiday with her: On Friday´s broadcast of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," the president recited a love poem he says he had planned to deliver to the first lady in person. "Somebody call the Situation Room because things are about to get hot," said Obama as he stood in front of a red curtain and amid bouquets of red roses and white